The best Wear OS watches and best Android watches of 2021

In the early days of Android Wear, there were only a few decent smartwatch options — mainly from Motorola and LG. Since then, the platform has been rebranded to Wear OS, and many other companies have joined the Wear OS party. We’re now seeing Wear OS watches come from fashion brands and watchmakers instead of smartphone OEMs. There are plenty of options out there, but which ones are the best? Here are our picks for the best Wear OS watches and best Android watches you can buy.

Why choose Wear OS in 2021?

Wear OS has seen better days. And if we’re completely honest, the future of the platform is kind of up in the air. Google rarely issues notable software updates to the platform, and innovative Wear OS features are few and far between. Plus, Google just bought Fitbit, which already has its own smartwatch platform. We’ll have to stay tuned to hear what the company has in store for the OS powering some of the best Android watches.

With all that said, Wear OS does have some things going for it. First, tight integration with Android: whether you’re interacting with a notification or asking Google Assistant a question, the experience between your smartwatch and your smartphone should be relatively seamless. Wear OS is a lot like Android proper in that it provides choice to the user. Need something sporty for your outdoor activities? There’s a watch for that. Looking for a classier smartwatch that actually looks like a traditional timepiece? Yep, there are watches for that use case as well.

The best Wear OS watches:

Editor’s note: We will update this best Wear OS watches list as more devices come to market.


Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3: The best Wear OS watch

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Mobvoi’s new TicWatch Pro 3 is the first smartwatch with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset. This, coupled with 1GB of RAM, makes for overall good performance and stellar battery life.

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While some of the materials seem a little cheap, the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is still our pick for the best Wear OS watch you can buy.

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Zippy performance
  • Dual display is ace
  • Improved design
  • Accurate heart rate sensor

Cons

  • Dire companion app
  • Inaccurate sleep and fitness tracking
  • Cheap strap
  • Less durable than previous models

Check out our full review to learn more about the TicWatch Pro 3.

TicWatch Pro 3 specs

  • Display: 1.4-inch AMOLED + FSTN LCD display 
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100
  • Storage: 8GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Battery: 395mAh
  • IP rating: IP68
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, ambient light, gyroscope, heart rate, microphone, NFC, GPS

Fossil Gen 5: An oldie but a goodie

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Wear OS is in need of a revamp, but the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch makes the best of a strange software situation with excellent hardware and performance. It has 1GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 SoC, which means performance is great.

Even the software is a positive. Google hasn’t prioritized Wear OS as it should, but it’s nice to have quick access to Google Assistant, Calendar, and other Google apps. The new Tiles feature also impresses and makes navigation a bit easier.

The Fossil Gen 5 isn’t cheap, but that’s the price to pay if you want one of the best Wear OS smartwatches. 

Pros

  • Crisp, bright display
  • Plenty of great watch faces preinstalled
  • Useful custom battery modes
  • GPS, NFC, and heart rate sensor
  • Accurate fitness tracking
  • Built-in speaker is very useful

Cons

  • So-so battery life
  • Can be expensive when not on sale

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fossil Gen 5.

Fossil Gen 5 specs

  • Display: 1.3-inch AMOLED
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: At least 24 hours
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light, gyroscope, heart rate, microphone, NFC, GPS

Skagen Falster 3: Same as the Gen 5, but different

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The Skagen Falster 3 fixes all the performance and battery issues that plagued the first two Falster smartwatches. It has essentially the same specs as the Fossil Gen 5 (above), as well as its fantastic custom battery modes that really help it eke out as much battery as possible. There’s also a built-in speaker, so you can hear Google Assistant talk to you and answer phone calls directly on the watch through Bluetooth.

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If I had one complaint, it’d be that this watch is too expensive. So is the Gen 5, but the Falster 3 rarely sees discounts.

Pros

  • Simple, clean design
  • All-day battery life
  • Useful custom battery modes
  • Performance is greatly improved
  • Built-in speaker is convenient

Cons

  • Wear OS can be very buggy
  • Can be expensive when not on sale

Check out our full review to learn more about the Skagen Falster 3.

Skagen Falster 3 specs

  • Display: 1.3-inch OLED
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: At least 24 hours
  • IP rating: 3ATM
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light, gyroscope, heart rate, microphone, NFC, GPS

Suunto 7: The best Wear OS watch for fitness tracking

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Suunto is new to the smartwatch space, and its first offering, the Suunto 7, is a solid first try.

For starters, it’s the best smartwatch you can buy from Suunto, and it’s absolutely the best Wear OS watch for fitness. You get access to Suunto’s wonderful Heatmaps feature, a super cool Heatmaps watch face, and the watch syncs with Suunto’s smartphone app.

However, fitness and health stats are split up between the Suunto app and Google Fit, which is frankly a big misstep. The heart rate sensor is also not up to par with some other GPS fitness watches. This might not be the watch for diehard Suunto users.

Even with its caveats, the Suunto 7 is a solid Wear OS smartwatch, and definitely one of the best Wear OS watches you can buy today.

Cons

  • Activity metrics split up between Suunto app and Google Fit
  • Not compatible with external HR sensors
  • Wear OS has limitations that hinder the overall experience
  • Too pricey for the feature set

Check out our full review to learn more about the Suunto 7.

Suunto 7 specs

  • Display: 1.39-inch OLED
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: Two-day battery life
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light, gyroscope, microphone, heart rate, NFC, GPS

Moto 360 (2019): One of the best for battery life

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A company called eBuyNow resurrected the iconic Moto 360 line with a new Wear OS device in 2019. The Moto 360 (2019) is a fantastic Wear OS smartwatch overall. The display, performance, and battery life are all top-notch and exactly what you’d want out of a modern Wear OS watch.

Any negatives? Yeah. It’s pricey at $350 without offering more than Fossil’s options. The charging puck is also pretty bad. If you like the design, though, you should consider picking one up. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

Pros

  • Classy design
  • Good battery life (for Wear OS)
  • GPS, NFC, and HR sensor are all here
  • (Mostly) accurate heart rate sensor

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bad charging puck

Check out our full review to learn more about the Moto 360 (2019).

Moto 360 (2019) specs

  • Display: 1.2-inch AMOLED
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
  • Storage: 8GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Battery: 355mAh
  • IP rating: 3ATM
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light, gyroscope, heart rate, microphone, NFC, GPS

Why you should trust the editor

Not only does Jimmy Westenberg love wearables, he loves helping people find the right devices to suit their needs. He’s been our resident fitness reviewer at Android Authority since 2016, and in that time has reviewed dozens of fitness products and other wearables.

Through his rigorous testing of fitness products and deep knowledge of health devices and services, you can rest assured knowing Jimmy will give you honest recommendations. Looking for more brand-specific recommendations? Check out the following guides:

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